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Smash Hit! - Scotland's largest primary school tennis competition

13/05/2014

Hundreds of budding young tennis players took part in Scotland’s largest primary school tennis competition.

Trebling in size since it started in 2011, The Glasgow Primary Schools Tennis Cup saw 125 primary 4s from across all of Glasgow go head to head to be in with the chance to represent Glasgow in the West of Scotland Regional Tennis Finals.

The team based competition took place at Glasgow Life’s world class facility, Scotstoun Community Indoor Tennis Centre.

The number of entries has increased significantly this year following Glasgow Sport’s new partnership with Western Lawn Tennis Club and their own schools outreach programme, “A coach, a court and a competition” a programme that has helped train teachers and provide tennis coaching to schools in the North West.

Glasgow Life Tennis Development Officer, Mike Kolacz, said: “Entries have more than trebled since the inaugural event in 2011 which really highlights a significant demand for tennis across Glasgow, especially with younger age groups who have borne witness to the tennis boom of recent years. Glasgow Sport’s new partnership with Western Lawn Tennis Club has been a huge success and this could be seen today with the 125 smiling faces fighting it out to become the next Andy Murray.

“Clyde Property and sportscotland’s sportsmatch award scheme are key sponsors and I would like to say a huge thank you to them for the support they have given to our ambition of giving more primary schools across Glasgow the opportunity to access tennis.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted that our sportsmatch investment into Western Lawn Tennis Club’s schools programme has helped to increase the number of children who took part in The Glasgow Primary Schools Tennis Cup this year.

“sportsmatch aims to support grassroots sporting initiatives which encourage participation at community level, especially youth groups, by matching the commercial sponsorship invested into the project.

“At sportscotland we are striving to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in sport and physical activity, so it is fantastic to see the impact that this investment has already had.”​ 

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